GOALS 9 | The End of the Road for 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I haven't done a goals update since August, life, time, the will to blog has all run away with me but I decided as we are almost in 2018 I would do a final update.

I feel like I've hardly blogged this year and that's perfectly fine. I think one of the things I said was I would blog as little or as much as I wanted. This isn't my job, I blog for fun and the fun is lost once you start to force yourself to do something.

I'm averaging around 7 posts a month which isn't terrible. In the beginning, a lot of the posts seemed to be update posts. I think next year I'm going to try and blog more fun things. I'm not sure what these fun things will be but I'm sure I will think of something.

The area I was really trying to focus on was social media growth and while I only met one of my targets my growth was amazing. Numbers are not the be all and end all but it's so nice to see.

Below is the number each channel grew by and the target percentage. These were recorded on 27th December - Official end of the year will be taken on 31st December.

YouTube 94 66%
Google+ 40 85%
Bloglovin 181 85%
Pinterest 652 83%
Facebook 170 103%
IG SW 591 84%
Instagram 553 95%
Twitter 668 99%

I'm sure these are small fry for a lot of people but things are ticking along nicely. Facebook exceeded my expectations and I worked hard to build it up. My numbers are not huge but I hit my target. Twitter I'm so, so close. I did reach my Pinterest target quite early on and then changed it. But in recent months I haven't even opened Pinterest so I'm happy with the 83%. It's one of those platforms I go through stages with and use for weeks then don't look at for months. 

My only area of disappointment is YouTube but I can't be too hard on myself as I'm not a huge fan of my own content. I rush, I don't tidy up properly, I don't plan what I'm going to say. I'm scared to vlog in public. I only have windows movie maker so my editing is beyond basic. These are some of my excuses. Again it's a hobby. I don't make any money from it. Last time I checked my lift time earnings would be about £6 so I won't be a millionaire any time soon!

It's now the 31st so these are my official end of year stats.

Next year I think my targets will be more realistic. I've based them on this year's achievements as I can't find all the previous years stats.

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